Michael Storms In To Capture Opening Night Win In Accord Speedway Action
By: Steve Pados, Accord Speedway Media
Accord Speedway Promoters Gary and Donna Palmer presented an eight division show on Friday evening that went off without a hitch. The racing was sponsored by the good folks at Arkel Motors located in New Windsor, New York.
Michael Storms and Jesse Marks brought the field down for the start of the Arkel Motors 30-lap headliner for the Modifieds. Storms jumped into the lead from his front row starting spot and immediately found the center lane of the speedway much to his liking as he was able to control the top spot easily though the early laps until a restart slowed the action. On the restart Storms took off and would be challenged by Danny Creeden who came charging forward from fifth starting position. Creeden would make quick work of those in front of him and moved behind Storms for the chase. Andy Bachetti would move up by using all the lanes of the raceway and would move along side third place Jimmy Wells and the pair squared off in a heated dual and it would be Bachetti winning the battle off turn two to take command of third place. Jimmy Wells took over fourth and Randy Green rounded out the top five.
The Mid Hudson Concrete Sportsman event found Travis Green in the lead at the drop of the green flag getting some challenges along the way from Kevin Stevens. Green kept his hot rod at the top of the staircase in this run for the roses with constant laps of 13.570 to hold off all competition for the win. Stevens was the runner-up in this one while Matt Shultz and Corey Cormier kept trading places with Shultz winning the battle over Cormier. Hunter Lapp rounded out the top five.
Brian Durbin raced into the lead at the start of the WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman feature attraction. Durbin had a fast car and enjoyed a quick breakaway from the field. Only in the latter stages of the event did former Pro Stock Champion Steve Williams get close. Durbin would go on to capture the event. Willams was second in a great showing, with newcomer Patrick Dempsey in third, John Velde IV was fourth and Billy Fiske rounded out the top five.
In the Upstate Auto Pure Stock event John Drake seized the moment and would lead all the way for the win. Jay Smalley remained close and would race to second with John Hechinger third, Codi Clark fourth and Chris Kanuck fifth.
"The Traveling Man" Mick D'Agostino would jump into the lead off turn four at the start in the WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint feature. D'Agostino would lead all the way as he withstood many challenges from "The Captain" Jeremy Quick to go on and secure his first win of the season. Quick would finish second with Dan Malley in third, Steve Kyzer fourth and Corey Wood in fifth place.
Dan’s Towing 4 cylinder feature was won by Mike Travis, followed by Ryan Heady, Jerry Kingeter, Willie DeGraw and rounding out the top 5 was George Barringer.
The Dan's Towing Enduro top five-Richard Smith, Dave Donovan, Gene Helms, CJ Tinnelly, Robert Phillips
In the Junior Slingshot action it was young Brock Pinkerous in for the win over newcomer Frank Twing Jr
In the All Star Slingshot event veteran Jim Pollard showed the way around to his teammate Jim Gaige to win the All Star event.
The hotly contested racing action was completed at 10:38 PM. Kudos again to Gary Palmer for working through the theatrics of Mother Nature to give the competitors an excellent racetrack.
A special thanks goes out to our friends at Arkel Motors.
Thanks to Joel Murns who assisted Steve Pados in the tower.
Heat wins went to Michael Storms, Jesse Marks and Jimmy Wells in the Modified division. Two heats were needed for the Sportsman with wins going to Kevin Stevens and Travis Green. The Rookie Sportsman heat was claimed by Brian Durbin. Mick D'Agostino captured the sprint car heat win. The Pure Stock heat was captured by Jay Smalley.. Fireball heat winners included Mike Travis and Richard Smith. The Junior Slingshot heat went to Brock Pinkerous and the All Star Slingshot heat went to Jim Pollard.
Arkell Motors Modifieds: Michael Storms, Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Jimmy Wells, Randy Green,, Jesse Marks, Richard Smith, Brad Rothaupt, Joe Judge, Kyle Van Duser, Leo Fotopolous, Allison Ricci, Nick Johnson, Corey Lowitt, Danny Tyler, Rich Ricci Jr, Kurt Hundeland, Tommy Johnson,, Rich Ricci III (DNS)
Mid Hudson Concrete Sportsman: Travis Green, Kevin Stevens, Mark Schultz, Corey Cormier, Huner Lapp, Charles Loiodice, Anthony Recchio, Alex Van Pelt, Jordan Lawrence, Aaron Doolittle, Erin Paulison, Tyler Johnson, Mike Murphy, Mike Senecal, :
WRWD Radio NEWS Sprint Cars: Mick D'Agostino, Jeremy Quick, Dan Malley, Steve Kyzer, Corey Wood, Gary Huston, Charles Weslowski, Mike Traver (DNS)
WRWD Radio Rookie Sportsman: Brian Durbin, Steve Williams, Patrick Dempsey, John Velde IV, Billy Fiske, Jason Armstrong, Cody Higbie, Jason Brewer
Dan’s Towing Fireball 4-Cylinders: Mike Travis, Ryan Heady, Jerry Kingeter, Willie DeGraw, George Barringer, Jeff DeGroat, Bill Rion, Ed King, Ken Barringer, Tim DeGrote, Brandon Conklin, Robert Phillips, John Woinoski, Nicole Nelson, Chris Dyer, Anthony Tarantino, Bob Clark.
Upstate Auto Pure Stock: John Drake, Jay Smalley,, John Hechinger, Cody Clark, Chris Kaniuk,
Bob Sleight Jr
Dan's Towing Fireball 4-Cylinder Enduro: Richard Smith, Dave Donovan, Gene Helms, CJ Tennelly, Robert Phillips
Junior Slingshots: Brock Ponkerous, Brock Pinkerous, Frank Twing Jr
All Star Slingshots: Jim Pollard, Jim Gaige
Racing is on tap every Friday evening at Accord Speedway from April through September. Pit Gates open at 5:00; Spectator Gates open at 5:30; Hot Laps at 7:00 and the racing begins at 7:30 PM. Admission for Adults $15.00; Seniors (65+) $13.00; Children $3.00 (11+ under) Reserved Outdoor $17.00; Indoor Seating $22.00; Family four pack special: 2 Adults + 2 Children and $20.00 in Accord Bucks for $46.00 (a savings of $10.00)
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